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I have decided to create an outdoor nursery. As a dad of two, I understand how important it is for children to be able to play and express their imagination, risk take and build on self-esteem in an relaxed and natural environment.

In the final article of this series, Gabriella Jozwiak hears about life at the helm of the country’s oldest nursery school

A course in outdoor learning helped play leader Charlie McNair to think more deeply about how children learn. By Hannah Crown

Charlotte Goddard finds out how the 30-hour pilot in Swindon is being extended to offer flexible childcare to shift-workers

Ex-Ofsted inspector Debbie Alcock continues her analysis of disqualifications, looking at providers’ obligations to check the suitability of staff

A positive inspection is vital, but so too are other measures of effective provision. By Dr Julian Grenier

With the Government’s obesity strategy leaving much to be desired, early years managers may have to take the matter into their own hands, reports Hannah Crown

In the latest part of her series on managing costs, Karen Faux explores how settings can get to grips with budgets

Confidence in the childcare market appears to be strong, and even growing, with a number of acquisitions taking place alongside investment from outside players, reports Ruth Stokes

In response to potential loss of business to school settings, many nursery chains are providing in-house enhancement programmes to improve children’s learning and staff skills, writes Annette Rawstrone